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10 things we know about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden

‘I have no intention of hiding,’ source tells Guardian


The whistleblower who brought to light the secret U.S. surveillance program—collecting telephone data from millions of American citizens and Internet data from foreigners—has come forward. The Guardian and Washington Post revealed on Sunday that Edward Snowden was their source for the massive leak U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) data.

“I have no intention of hiding who I am because I know I have done nothing wrong,” he told the Guardian.

Here are 10 things we know about Snowden so far:

1. He is 29 years old and grew up in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. He later moved to Maryland with his family, according to The Guardian, near NSA headquarters. Most recently, he lived in Hawaii with his girlfriend.

2. Snowden works for Booz Allen Hamilton, a major American security contractor, as an infrastructure analyst for the NSA. In a brief statement with regards to the leaked files, the company wrote:

Booz Allen can confirm that Edward Snowden, 29, has been an employee of our firm for less than 3 months, assigned to a team in Hawaii. News reports that this individual has claimed to have leaked classified information are shocking, and if accurate, this action represents a grave violation of the code of conduct and core values of our firm. We will work closely with our clients and authorities in their investigation of this matter.

3. His was making a salary of roughly $200,000, according to various reports.

4. He is a former technical officer with the CIA, according to the Guardian. He also previously worked with Dell Inc.

5. He told the Washington Post that he does not have a high school diploma, but reports say he earned a GED.

6. He said he had “full access to the full rosters of everyone working at the NSA, the entire intelligence community, and undercover assets all around the world.”

7. According to the Atlantic, Snowden tried to join the U.S. Army Special Forces.

8. He didn’t vote for Obama in 2008. (He didn’t vote for John McCain either.) He told the Guardian he voted for a third party, but didn’t say which one.

9. According to Campaignmoney.com, an Edward Snowden donated $500 to Ron Paul’s presidential bid in 2012. Ron Paul is a staunch libertarian who lost the nomination of the Republican Party in favour of Mitt Romney.

10. Snowden is seeking asylum, ideally in Iceland, but is now staying in Hong Kong. He is hoping to avoid extradition to the United States. In an interview over the course of several days with The Guardian, he said: “I think it is really tragic that an American has to move to a place that has a reputation for less freedom. Still, Hong Kong has a reputation for freedom in spite of the People’s Republic of China. It has a strong tradition of free speech.”




10 things we know about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden

  1. it’s really all just about the sanity of your countries’ citizens and how it will effect the and socialness. when u feel like you cant trust anyone becuz they might be agents or undercover cops, it’s hard to have a healthy lovelife.

  2. Hey, isn’t this Macleans’s??

    Where is the story about How ROB FORD IS SPYING ON US ALL!!

    C’mon – Obama can’t do nothing wrong, this is all Ford’s fault.

    I am deeply saddened upon seeing macleans front page with NO ford stories.

  3. Don’t most Americans realize that if spies identify a bunch of terrorist cells across Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, and they know the phone numbers and computer addresses associated with these locations, they might want their government to be aware of all the calls and messages made between these addresses and the United States of America?

  4. As a US citizen I find it interesting how our attitudes can change so dramatically. I think it speaks to our limited attention span. I also think that we are a complacent and sadly decadent people. The conversation surrounding Snowden would have been entirely different if this was June of 2002.

    Personally, I have no concerns about the government looking at my emails or listening to my phone calls. After all, what do I have to hide? The program is being used to protect us from terrorism. That threat is greater than ever…but we’re snoozing here in the US…falling asleep in front of our 50″ TVs.

    How quickly we forget our outrage…Boston Marathon?

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